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Elderly lady wearing a bonnet

Corporal John Griffiths Jones 1843-1864 Geirionydd Hotel, Trefriw Hugh Williams Kyffin playing the harp Boy in a kilt and girl in a white dress Elderly man wearing a checked muffler Elderly lady, seated, wearing a bonnet and shawl Mr & Mrs Oakley at the Hunt William Evans [Tygwyn nr. St Davids] Elderly lady wearing a bonnet Eisteddfod Caerwys - harpists Boy wearing straw hat, seated Man in bowler hat photographed in front of a carriage Arthur, Isabelle, Stephen Two daguerreotypes (i) Two daguerreotypes (ii) Seated child with stick Mair Richards (1787-1877) Gentleman seated next to vase of flowers Two men outdoors Richard Richards (1780-1860) and his granddaughter Elen Richards (1825-1864)

Yn dilyn y cyhoeddiad am ei ddyfeisiad yn yr 1830au hwyr, fe ddaeth ffotograffiaeth yn boblogaidd fel difyrrwch amaturaidd ac fel menter fasnachol. Am y tro cyntaf roedd yn bosib dogfennu holl agweddau bywyd drwy lens camera, gan roddi gwir bortreadau, yn hytrach nag argraff arlunydd.

Yng nghasgliad Ffotograffau Mewn Casys y Llyfrgell Genedlaethol, ceir gwahanol fathau o ffotograffau cynnar e.e. Ambroteipiau, Daguerreoteipiau a Thunteipiau, gyda’r rhan fwyaf ohonynt yn dal yn eu casys lledr, efydd a melfed gwreiddiol. Mae’r rhan fwyaf ohonynt yn bortreadau, ond mae yna rai tirluniau hefyd.

Mae’r ffotograffau mewn casys yng nghasgliad y Llyfrgell yn esiamplau gwych o’r mathau cynnar o ffotograffau ac maent yn darparu cofnod gwerthfawr iawn o berthynas Cymru â ffotograffiaeth - yn ei blynyddoedd cynnar yng nghanol y 19eg ganrif a thu hwnt.

Ceir mwy o luniau a rhagor o wybodaeth ar wefan y Llyfrgell Genedlaethol.


Following the public announcement of the invention of photography in the late 1830s, it became popular both as an amateur pastime and a commercial enterprise. For the first time it was possible to document all aspects of life through the lens of a camera, giving true portrayals, as opposed to an artist’s impression.

The National Library of Wales’ collection of Cased Photographs is a group of various types of early photographs, e.g. Ambrotypes, Daguerreotypes and Tintypes, most of which are still presented in their original leather, brass and velvet cases. Most are portraits but there are also a few landscapes.

The cased photographs in the Library’s collection are a wonderful example of the early types of photographs and they provide a valuable record of the Welsh relationship with photography - during its early years in the mid 19th century and beyond.

More images and further information can be found on the National Library of Wales' website.

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